The Bradford Rattlers broke their winning streak of three games on Sunday with a 6-3 defeat by the visiting Ville-Marie Pirates.
Rattlers pre-game included Easter Shapcott and Brayden Vacchai as flag bearers for the evening, courtesy of the spotlight by sponsor Upsight & Sound in Barrie.
Jordan Wilson also attended the game for the official puck drop, helping bring awareness of dwarfism to the community at the night’s game.
Both teams started the game strong with three goals each in the first period. Ville-Marie would start the period goal run with a power-play goal at 4:35, quickly answered with a short-handed goal at 6:07 by Bradford’s Stepan Levitskiy and assisted by Swen Meusy.
Bradford would proceed with another quick goal on the power play at 7:21 by Jacob Rhodin and assisted by Swen Meusy and Hunter Godmere to take the lead.
However, the celebration was short lived with Ville-Marie scoring at 12:40 to tie up the game again. The Rattlers would receive their third and final goal of the night at 16:01 into the first period with a goal scored on the power play by Adam Witkowski and assisted by Stepan Levitskiy and Swen Meusy.
A long battle in the Rattlers’ zone would exhaust the defence, though, with Ville-Marie squeaking in a goal with only 59 seconds left in the period to leave the first-period contest tied 3-3.
The second period would be uneventful for both teams, seeing no goals by either and only a couple of penalties.
The third period flew through in no time, with the first half of the period mimicking the second with no goals or penalties. With so few whistles the time breezed by. However, Ville-Marie snagged a power-play goal at 14:27 to take the lead 4-3.
The Rattlers would fight hard to come back by pulling the goalie late into the third period. A high-flicked puck from Ville-Marie, barely missing the roof, would bounce into the empty net late into the third period, pushing the score to 5-3. The Rattlers continuing to battle with the man advantage by continuing with the empty net would result in another long-shot, end-to-end goal by Ville-Marie to finish the game 6-3.
The Bradford Rattlers welcome everybody to attend next Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the BWG Leisure Centre (blue ice) as the Bradford Rattlers take on the Temiscaming.
The Rattlers congratulate Midori Nosaka, who won Sunday’s make-a-sign challenge. Midori received a free 30-minute yoga session. The Rattlers also encourage all attendees to make a sign for a chance to win a prize at the night’s game.
Calling all first responders: The Bradford Rattlers are proud to host First Responders Appreciation Night for the game on Oct. 30. The Bradford Rattlers respect and thank our first responders and, in appreciation of their service and in respect to National First Responders Day on Oct. 28, we invite all first responders and their families to attend the game on Oct. 30. Game proudly sponsored by Steve Quesnel at McKague Mortgages.
Looking to complete your community service hours? Have a group looking to participate in intermission activities, be a flag bearer, national anthem singer, or a group to attend a game? Fundraising, advertisement or sponsorship considerations? Contact [email protected] to inquire for more information.
The Bradford Rattlers thank our sponsors and fans for helping put on an amazing evening.